How’s your 2014 going so far? What are you planning for this new year? Many people make resolutions but I prefer to set goals. One of my goals is to try different activities; another is to get involved in one or two new groups. I have decided to expand my comfort zone and try some new activities. I want to have a little fun as well as feel that I am making a difference. What are you planning for this new year?
If you want to do something different in 2014, consider participating in our Master Wellness Volunteer program. As you know, our mission to provide quality, relevant outreach education and services. Volunteers are critical to our success in fulfilling our mission.
As a participant in this program, you will receive 40 hours of training. Training will focus on up-to-date, research-based information in the areas of health, nutrition and wellness. You will learn all kinds of information on how to make healthy lifestyle choices. At the conclusion of the training courses, you will be expected to give back 40 hours of volunteer service in Collin County. There will be numerous opportunities and methods for you to volunteer within the program. Do you like to talk to groups? You can present several ready-made programs to a variety of groups. If you are employed by a company that has a wellness program or interested in starting one, you may volunteer to coordinate lunch time nutrition or health programs for employees or be the site manager for our Walk Across Texas program. Like to talk to people but not in front of a group? Consider setting up and manning one of our educational booths at a health fair. You will be meeting people one-on-one and distributing educational materials. If you like to cook, you may volunteer to help me at a diabetes cooking school by getting all the ingredients ready. You may even want to demonstrate the recipes. I always need healthy recipes tested for accuracy and to make sure they are tasty. Giving back 40 hours will not be a problem – choosing what you want to do may be a major decision since these are but a few examples.
This year’s training will be a combination of face-to-face meetings and online classes. Face- to- face classes will be Tuesday, February 4 and Tuesday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road. This facility is located between Campbell Road and the Bush Turnpike. You will participate in online classes between these dates. You will learn basic nutrition, food safety, health education, childhood overweight, trends in health and nutrition, public speaking and much more during the training.
Once the training is completed, you will begin to return your volunteer hours. You have one year in which to return your hours. Once the 40 hours of service have been completed, you will become a Master Wellness Volunteer.
There is a $80 registration fee for this program. The fee will cover the cost of all training materials and lunch for two days. Applications and fees are due to me no later than Jan. 24. A telephone interview will be held prior to the first class to answer questions and to give you more details about the program.
For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-548-4233 or metro 972-424-1460, Ext 4233. I will be glad to send you an application and flyer.
Do something different in 2014 to better yourself as well as your community. Everyone needs a new challenge or goal. What will your challenge be this year?
Carrie T. Brazeal is the County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. She may be reached at email@example.com or 972.424.1460, Ext. 4233.